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Mar 2019 right left


Pond & Woodland Management

Sunday 3rd March
Rea’s Wood Antrim


UN Sustainable Development Goals roundtable discussion: How can the SDGs support voluntary and community organisations’ work?

Thursday 7th March
NICVA, 61 Duncairn Gardens, Belfast BT15 2GB
Free to NICVA members


Butterfly Conservation NI winter work party – Lagan Meadows

Saturday 9th March
Lagan Meadows, Lagan Valley Regional Park, Belfast


Unpacking the Consultations: Extended producer responsibility for packaging, deposit return and plastics non–recycled–content tax

Tuesday 12th March
Belfast Metropolitan College, Titantic Quarter, Belfast BT3 9DT

Green Infrastructure and Climate Change Conference 2019

Tuesday 12th March
The Guildhall, Shipquay Place, Derry~Londonderry
See website for details


Energy Efficiency in Action – Policy and Practice

Thursday 14th March
The Guildhall, Guildhall Square, Derry~Londonderry BT48 6DQ

Participatory Budgeting Works – What PB can do for Community Planning

Thursday 14th March
Lough Neagh Discovery Centre Conference Centre, Craigavon BT66 6NJ


CEDaR Recorders Days – Limavady

Wednesday 20th March
Magilligan Field Centre, Limavady


Northern Ireland Raptor Study Group (NIRSG) Field Skills Training Workshop

Saturday 23rd March
Tollymore Outdoor Centre, Newcastle, Co. Down

Breeding Bird Survey training (1–day, WWT Castle Espie)

Sunday 24th March
WWT Castle Espie, 78 Ballydrain Road, Co. Down BT23 6EA
See website for details


Breeding Bird Survey training (1–day, Marble Arch Caves, Enniskillen)

Tuesday 26th March
Marble Arch Caves Visitor Centre, 43 Marlbank Road Legnabrocky, Florencecourt, Enniskillen , Co. Fermanagh BT92 1EW
See website for details


Breeding Bird Survey training (1–day, Oxford Island, Lough Neagh)

Saturday 30th March
Lough Neagh Discovery Centre, Oxford Island Nature Reserve, Annaloiste Road, Lurgan, Craigavon, Co. Armagh BT66 6NJ
See website for details


Charter for Trees, Woods, People 10 April 2017

New ‘Tree Charter’ to protect people’s rights to the benefits of trees and woods (via The Woodland Trust)

More than 70 organisations, with a combined membership of 20 million people, launch principles to bring trees and woods to the centre of society.

Today sees the launch of 10 guiding principles for the future of trees, woods and people; inspired by more than 60,000 personal stories from members of the UK public.

The stories reflect the importance of trees in our lives. And the recurring themes will form the bedrock of the new ‘Charter for Trees, Woods and People’ to be launched this November.

The Tree Charter, led by the Woodland Trust with back–up from over 70 organisations, aims to secure a brighter future for woods and trees.  It will celebrate their enormous importance, and provide guidance and inspiration to help shape government policy.

From street trees to countryside hedgerows; and from ambitious saplings to trees steeped in history and folklore: all play an important part in our lives.

Patrick Cregg, director of the Woodland Trust in Northern Ireland, said: “We’re lucky enough to have some remarkable trees, like the iconic Dark Hedges, and we’ve a famously green countryside. Yet, this landscape is extremely lacking when it comes to woodland: we’re one of the least–wooded countries in the whole of Europe. 

“From the stories shared, it seems that members of the public share our love of, and concern for, Northern Ireland’s trees and woods. Their benefits to wildlife; health; and the need for better protection and more planting are just some of the common sentiments expressed.

“We’re creating a Charter that puts trees back at the heart of our lives, communities and decision–making – right where they belong. We’ll use it to provide guidance for policy and as a reminder of the everyday benefits that we all gain from having woods and trees in our lives.”

The Trust is now asking members of the public to come on–board and show support by way of a simple signature. Find out more and add your name at

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Read the full press release here…